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Soil Data Released

Submitted by ORNL DAAC Staff on 2004-05-26

The ORNL DAAC announces the release of the data set "Northern and Mid-Latitude Soil Database, Version 1." This data set was developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the University of Copenhagen Institute of Geography, the European Soil Bureau, the University of Manchester Institute of Landscape Ecology, MTT Agrifood Research Finland, and the Agricultural Research Institute Iceland.

The data are in the U.S. soil classification system and include the distribution of soil types (%) within a map unit (polygon). The spatial coverage of the Northern and Mid-Latitude Soil Database is the polar and mid-latitude regions of the northern hemisphere: Alaska, Canada, Conterminous United States, Eurasia, Greenland, Iceland, Kazakstan, Mexico, Mongolia, and Svalbard.

The data are available in ESRI shapefile format and ESRI interchange file format.

More information about this data set and other soil data sets archived at the ORNL DAAC can be found on the Soil Collections web page.